It’s always a fun and informative exercise to look at the most popular posts on Pastor J.D.’s blog and learn some interesting facts. (For example, his post on what his teenage daughter read last summer was more popular than the post about what Pastor J.D. read last summer.) We’ve done the digging and found what you considered the golden nuggets of 2017. We hope you enjoy them again and glean even more wisdom and truth to equip you in your walk with Jesus in 2018!
Most of us want to give to others without being burdened. We think we’ve earned our burden-free life, and we’re reluctant to step into any situation that puts weight back on our shoulders. But that’s not what people who have experienced the power of the gospel should look like. Think about the burdens you are carrying right now. How many of them are the burdens of others? One of the signs you’ve really encountered Jesus is the willingness to share in the burdens of others.
I hope that many of you were able to make it to Christmas at DPAC—and what's more, that you brought some guests with you. For many people, Christmas at DPAC marks the first time they've heard the gospel presented clearly. For those of you who brought guests, you’ve opened up a conversation that you won’t want to let grow cold. Here are some tips for continuing that conversation.
A little over 6 years ago we began to wonder: What if, instead of inviting our community to come join us for Christmas at The Summit Church, we took the Summit to our community? No one is exactly sure who first floated the idea, but at some point, someone mentioned the Durham Performing Arts Center. The notion was as audacious as it was frightening. And yet, by taking Christmas to DPAC, we would be saying, “We want to be a church for our community, in our community.” So we gave it a whirl.
Not every book here is created equal. Some are classics worth savoring (and re-reading); others, while imbalanced, have something timely to say. We’ve read a bunch of these titles already. We’ve put many others in our queue for 2018. And we’d encourage you to do the same. Pick up a few of these and you might just end up finding the best book you’ll read in 2018.
Luther knew something that we often forget. He knew that in that little word of faith is the power of God. It makes the sinner righteous. It makes the lame walk, the blind see, and the dead live. It frees the captive from the powers of addiction and heals the wounds of years of selfishness and abuse. It is the power of salvation to all who believe it. It turns tragedy into triumph, and makes us more than conquerors through him who loves us.
R.C. Sproul Passes Away, A Letter to American Christians, & Celebrating Christmas with a Broken Heart
Wisdom for Your Weekend: Your regular installment of what we've been reading (and watching) from around the web. We gather the best and leave out the rest.
God won’t always eliminate the tough harvest you’re living through immediately. But he can change your life by empowering you to sow seeds of the Spirit in your life today. The financial difficulties you’re experiencing, the materialism in your kids, the dissatisfaction in your own heart … these may be a harvest of an ungenerous past. You can’t do anything about yesterday’s lack of generosity, but you can change today’s.
You see, when God sees you now, he mostly sees himself. He sees someone clothed with Christ’s righteousness and filled with Christ’s resurrection power. It’s not that he minimizes the sin and rebellion of your heart. He actually knows it much better than you do. But in Christ, he sees the perfect son or daughter that you have a hard time glimpsing. This is why God asks you to live such a miraculous life: He’s not betting on you.
Wisdom for Your Weekend is your regular installment of what we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web. Presented to you by Chris Pappalardo, with occasional guidance from...